MUS20410 Music History Since 1750

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module provides a survey of the history of Western art music from around 1750 until the early 21st century. It will feature the development of musical styles, aesthetics, issues of cultural history in general, questions of intentionality and reception, nationalism, exoticism, race and gender.

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Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
distinguish the musical styles of different periods;
create links between music history and cultural history in general;
practice their skills at researching and writing a scholarly essay;
deepen their engagement with critical thinking.

Indicative Module Content:

The history of Western art music from the Classical era (1750) to the present.
Musical styles and genres.
The aesthetics of music.
Reception and cultural history.
Ensembles and modes of performance.
Nationalism and exoticism.
Race and gender.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical writing.
Close listening.
Class discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MUS10040 - Introduction to Musicology I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay (1,500 words) Week 4 n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay (2,000 words) Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Multiple Choice Exam Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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